A full house in one of the theaters of the Landmark multiplex cinema in downtown Washington DC came eager to watch the two films Maestra, story of the Cuba’s 1961 literacy campaign, and the U.S. premiere of Lucha Si about the struggle for public education in Puerto Rico.
After the movies ended, a lively discussion took place with the directors of both documentaries, two doctors from the Latin America School of Medicine in Cuba and a special Cuban guest Norma Guillard. The two films meshed perfectly as they show two side of education: one an example of failure and the other one of success. “Puerto Rico and Cuba are two wings of the same bird,” said Norma Guillard, “but one wing is flying high and the other one is broken.”
Lucha Si! co-director Jinnette Moralez Diaz recounted the struggle taking place in Puerto Rico and was moved by Maestra and how the Cuban Revolution put priority to education. In Puerto Rico teachers, students and parents are fighting to keep schools open. The film shows how resilient the Puerto Rican people are; they were able to kick the US military out of Vieques and to bring back their political prisoners from US prisons. Morales said they will never surrender and will continue to fight to win this battle, as well.
This event was part of Days of Action Against the Blockade taking place in Washington DC.